United Tates of America

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by Paula Danziger

Skate Tate has a good life. She has close friends, a loving family, and her beloved Great Uncle Mort (GUM for short) who lives every day as if it were an adventure. Skate would like things to stay just the way they are. But life doesn’t work that way. For one thing, Skate has to figure out the strange new world of Biddle Middle, where eighth graders rule the roost, old friendships start to change, and a lowly sixth-grader has to struggle to make a place for herself. But other, more painful changes, are also in store for the Tates, and the story of how this close knit family responds to sudden tragedy will move and delight listeners everywhere. Told with her trademark wit and wisdom, filled with big laughs and unexpected tears, Paula Danziger’s newest novel is one of her finest achievements.

Author Paula Danziger
Narrator Carmen Viviano-Crafts
Length 3 hrs and 11 mins
© Copyright 2002 Paula Danziger
℗ Audio Copyright 2002 Full Cast Audio


“Carmen Viviano-Crafts accurately captures the emotions of the adolescent protagonist. An unforgettable audiobook.”
Booklist Jan 2003

“Skate’s appealing language and convincing feelings come through clearly, thanks both to Paula Danziger’s terrific ear for the age group and the outstanding quality of the audio narration by Carmen Viviano-Crafts, a teen who brings Skate to life enthusiastically.”
School Library Journal

“Funny, real, and like, totally sixth grade, “United Tates” is a great place to visit.”
AudioFile Mar 2003

“This production of United Tates of America is read by a full cast featuring Carmen Viviano-Crafts as Skate… Combined, their reading of this intriguing story is dynamic, and it will delight audiences of all ages.”
Large Print Reviews Dec 2002

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
  1. Chapter One: Skate Tate introduces herself (3:22) Paula Danziger 3:23
  2. Chapter Eight: First meeting of the Biddle Bulletin staff (4:23) Paula Danziger 4:23

Meet the Cast:
Karam Anthony Duey
Daniel Bostick Principal
Bruce Coville Mr. Ormond
Jo D’Aloisio Emma Tate
Paula Danziger Ms. Lipschitz
Nicholas Davoli Louie
Joni Gray Mom
Emily Holgate Daisy
Nick Landers Garth
Mimi Mead Mrs. Ponti
Gerard Moses GUM
Andrew Pollock Huey
Timothy Quartier Eric
Carmen Viviano-Crafts Skate
Quanita Williams Liberty Jonelle
Directed by: Bruce Coville
Produced by: Daniel Bostick
Bruce Coville
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